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Hawks take upper hand on Magic

April 23, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

ATLANTA (AP) - Jamal Crawford banked in a three-pointer with 5.7 seconds left to cap a brilliant second half, leading the Atlanta Hawks to an 88-84 victory over the Orlando Magic Friday night and a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.

The Hawks led most of the game, but things got close and testy in the final minutes.

Zaza Pachulia of Atlanta and Jason Richardson of Orlando were both ejected with 2:22 remaining after a confrontation under the basket. The teams swapped the lead four times after that near-brawl until Al Horford put the Hawks ahead for good with 46.6 seconds remaining.

Crawford, who scored 18 of his 23 points after halftime, hit the biggest shot of all. With the shot clock winding down, he put up a jumper over Jameer Nelson that struck high on the backboard and went in.

The game turned ugly when Dwight Howard drove the lane and was hammered by Pachulia. Howard swung a forearm, Pachulia flung an elbow, and Richardson charged into Pachulia's face.

Later, Turkoglu missed a jumper near the three-point line with Horford in his face and Crawford made his improbable three to clinch it.

Game 4 is Sunday night.



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